Sonoma, California is what we had in mind when we thought of wine country in northern California. The town is small, a little over 9,000 population, and definitely laid back. We could easily live here (without the tourists). We purposely “got lost” in the town to take a look at the homes and businesses away from the main plaza. Adorable. I could totally decorate this little Spanish-style bungalow (picture to the left) in terra-cotta tile through-out, rust-red/sage-green upholstered furniture with dark wood accents, a bed with a massive headboard intricately carved—you get the picture. So California, yes?
The town of Sonoma has the traditional Mexican/Spanish plaza. This one was established by General Vallejo, way back when. Every town should have a plaza with a large fountain, large cypress trees, and a little pond with ducks quacking loudly to be fed. This plaza was surrounded by little shops selling unique clothing, kitchen must-haves, and restaurants. I found the perfect multi-colored dress that goes everywhere (stretchy fabric is my best friend). I can wear it to a few more winery visits and maybe a wedding in the future—great with flip-flops or high heels.
Before we left Napa/Sonoma, we wanted some extra wine glasses with a winery logo. We found them at our wine tasting and afternoon patio drink establishment at Roche Winery. Great wine and great new glasses. I wanted substantial stems with a wide base to avoid tipping and a tasteful logo on the side—it is like they read my mind.
Their picnic area had the most colorful, outdoor artwork. They are waterproof! If I had a house, I would have one.